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​Indefectibility of the Church

 

The Catholic Church will endure to the end of time, for it is founded on a rock. The powers of evil will beat in vain against it. They will break themselves and perish, but the Church will remain, indefectible. The testimony of almost two thousand years proves the perpetuity of the Church. Nothing that malice and envy could invent; nothing that the world, the flesh; and the devil could do have been left untried in the past 1900 years. Still the Church is with us, exactly as Christ founded it, and stronger than ever.

 

    What is meant by the indefectibility of the Catholic Church? –By the indefectibility of the Catholic Church is meant that the Church, as Christ founded it, will last until the end of time.The Archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that Christ “shall be king over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:32-33) 

  1. Christ meant His Church to endure to the end of the world. It is to be indestructible and unchanging,-to possess indefectibility. Christ, God Himself, could scarcely have come, and with such incredible pain and labor have founded a Church which would die with the Apostles.He came to save all men. Those to live in future ages needed salvation as much as the people of Apostolic times. 
  2. Christ said to Peter: “Upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). By the “gates of hell”, He meant all the power of the devil-all kinds of attacks, physical violence as well as false teaching.Christ promises here that the Church would be assailed always, but never overcome. This promise of Our Lord has been proved for almost 2000 years by the facts of history. Not one of the persecutors of the Church has prevailed over it. On the contrary, many of them have come to a fearful end. There will always be Popes, bishops, and laity, to Compose the Church; the truths taught by Our Lord will always be found in His Church. 
  3. After telling His Apostles to teach, all nations, Christ said: “Behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world” (Matt. 28:20).As the Apostles were not to live to the end of the world, Christ must have been addressing them as representatives of a perpetual Church. 
  4. The Apostles themselves understood Christ to mean that His Church should endure. After organizing Christian communities, they appointed successors in their place, to live after them and carry on the Church.The Apostles instructed these successors to ordain in turn other bishops and priests. All these acts were to assure the perpetuity of the Church. 
  5. Christ intended the Church to remain as He founded it, to preserve the whole of what He taught, and the shining marks which He gave it in the beginning. If the Church lost any of the qualities that God gave it, it could not be said to be indefectible, because it would not be the same institution. Indefectibility implies unchangeability.Our Lord promised to abide by the Church, to assist it, and to send the Holy Ghost to remain in it. God does not change: “Behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world” (Matt. 28:20). 
  6. Because of its indefectibility the truths revealed by God will always be taught in the Catholic Church. St. Ambrose said: “The Church is like the moon; it may wane, but never be destroyed; it may be darkened, but it can never disappear.”St. Anselm said that the bark of the Church may be swept by the waves, but it can never sink, because Christ is there. When the Church is in greatest need, Christ comes to its help by miracles, or by raising up saintly men to strengthen and purify it. It is the bark of Peter; when the storm threatens to sink it, the Lord awakens from His sleep, and commands the winds and the waves into calm: “Peace; be still!”
    Has the Catholic Church actually proved itself indefectible? –The Catholic Church has, throughout its long history, proved itself indefectible, against all kinds of attack from within and without, against every persecution and every heresy and schism.As its Founder was persecuted, so the Catholic Church has been and ever will be persecuted. “You will be brought before governors and kings for my sake” (Matt. 10:18). “And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake” (Matt. 10:22). “No disciple is above his teacher, nor is the servant above his master” (Matt. 10:24).They will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues” (Mark 13:9). “They will arrest you, and persecute you” (Luke 21:12).

     

  1. The Church survived three hundred years of incredible persecution under pagan Rome. Of the 33 Popes that ruled before the Edict of Milan, 30 died as martyrs. That mighty Empire, with its colossal strength, before whose standard the nations quailed, could not kill the infant Church or stop its progress. In a short time the Popes were ruling where the imperial Caesars had issued edicts against the Christian Church.The Roman Empire waged ten fierce persecutions against the Church, but could not destroy it. In the year 313 the Emperor Constantine was converted, and granted the Church freedom by the Edict of Milan. 
  2. Then for two centuries hordes of barbarians swept upon civilized Europe, destroying the old Roman Empire. The Church not only survived, but converted and civilized the barbarians.God’s ever-watchful providence brought about the conversion of the Frankish king Clovis, with a great number of his warriors. This was the beginning of the firm establishment of the Church in the Frankish kingdom, although missionaries had gone there from the first century. In the eighth century St. Boniface converted Middle and Northern Germany, until then the home of violent paganism. 
  3. For nine centuries Mohammedanism threatened Christian civilization. It was the Church under the Popes that urged the nations to league against Mohammedanism.In the sixteenth century the Mohammedan menace was removed. 
  4. Not only non-Christians, but its own rebellious children have persecuted the Church. From the beginning heresy has attacked it from within. And still the Church lives, greater than ever, changeless, indefectible.The long history of the Catholic Church is attended by schism and heresy, but each attack has only strengthened it. It has continued to live and spread in spite of everything and everybody. 
  5. The Church is the Bride of Christ, cast into prison, starved, thrown to the beasts, trampled underfoot, hacked, tortured, crucified, and burned. But this fair Bride emerges from it all in the bloom and freshness of youth, serene, calm, immortal.

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The One True Church

Principal Christian Religious Bodies in the U.S.

 

NAME PLACE OF ORIGIN FOUNDER YEAR
CATHOLIC CHURCH
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Eastern Orthodox (19 bodies)
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Lutheran (21 bodies)
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Mennonite (15 bodies)
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Protestant Episcopal
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Presbyterian (10 bodies)
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Congregational
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Bapist (24 bodies)
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Unitarian
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Friends or Ouakers (4 bodies)
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Reformed Churches (4 bodies)
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Baptist, German (4 bodies)
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Methodist (22 bodies)
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Universalists
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United Brethren (2 bodies)
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Evangelical
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Churches of Christ
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Latter-Day Saints (7 bodies)
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Adventist (5 bodies)
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Salvation Army
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Christian Scientists
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Assemblies of God
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Church of the Nazarene
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Evangelical, Reformed
 
JERUSALEM
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Near East
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Germany
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Switzerland
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England
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Scotland
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England
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Amsterdam
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London
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England
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Holland
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Germany
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England
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New Jersey
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Maryland
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Pennsylvania
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Kentucky
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New York
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New York
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England
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Massachusetts
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Arkansas
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U.S.
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Ohio
 
JESUS CHRIST
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Schism from Catholic Church
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Martin Luther
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Grebel, Mantz, Blaurock
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Henry VIII
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John Knox
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Robert Browne
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John Smyth
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John Biddle
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George Fox
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Assembly
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A. Mack
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John and Charles Wesley
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John Murray
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Otterbein and Boehm
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Jacob Albright
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Thos. and Alex. Campbell
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Joseph Smith
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William Miller
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William Booth
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Mary Baker Eddy
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General Meeting
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Union at General Assembly
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Union at General Assembly
 
33
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1054
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1517
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1525
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1534
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1560
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1583
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1600
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1645
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1647
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17th c.
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1708
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1739
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1770
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1800
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1803
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1827
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1830
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1831
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1865
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1879
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1914
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1919
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1934
 

 

There are over 200 different Protestant bodies existing in the United States alone. In the above list a few of the best-known are enumerated, in comparison with the Catholic Church. This comparative list indicates this fact: none of these denominations can ever become the True Church founded by Christ, Son of God. It is well known that many heretics, at the hour of death, return to the Catholic Church. But what Catholic at that hour has ever denied his religion to seek admission into a sect? As the heretic Melancthon wrote to his Catholic mother: “The Protestant is the best faith to live in, but the Catholic Faith is the best one to die in.”

 

    What is the Church? –The Church is the congregation of all baptized persons united in the same true faith, the same sacrifice, and the same sacraments, under the authority of the Sovereign Pontiff and the bishops in communion with him. 

  1. Even considering it only as a visible society, the Church is a perfect religious body.All members are subject to the same religious authority, possess identical religious doctrines, live a common religious life, and use the same means of grace, the sacraments. 
  2. The Church is divided into the “teaching Church” and the “hearing Church”; for each Christ laid down powers and duties.The priests, with their bishops and the Pope, compose the “teaching Church”; the faithful, who believe and obey, and are admitted into membership through the Sacrament of Baptism, compose the “hearing Church”.
    How is the Church enabled to lead men to salvation? –The Church is enabled to lead men to salvation by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, who gives it life. 

  1. God the Father and God the Son sent the Holy Ghost to dwell in the Church. The indwelling of the Holy Ghost enables the Church to teach, to sanctify, and to rule the faithful in the name of Christ.The Holy Ghost came down upon the Apostles to enlighten, strengthen, and sanctify them, so that they could preach the Gospel and spread the Church all over the world. On the Feast of Pentecost, in remembrance of God the Holy Ghost, we celebrate a mystery which is forever renewed in the Church and in our souls: the mystery of the indwelling of God, the reign of the law of love which succeeded the law of bondage and fear (Rom. 8: 15). 
  2. The Holy Ghost guides the rulers of the Church, especially the Pope, and helps them in their duties.Before the descent of the Holy Ghost, the Apostles had been timid and afraid. After His coming they went forth to teach, whatever hardships carne; they remembered and understood all the teaching of Christ. 
  3. The Holy Ghost preserves the Church from all error in its teaching; in times of danger, He raises up able defenders of its doctrines.St. Athanasius defended the Church in the time of the Arian heretics; Pope Gregory VII during a period of great disorder; St. Dominic, during the time of the Albigenses; and St. Ignatius of Loyola, after the Protestant outbreak. 
  4. The Holy Ghost raises up Saints in the Church throughout all generations.The members of the Church strive to imitate its Divine Founder, and in all countries and all times it has produced saints, canonized and uncanonized, martyrs, confessors, hidden souls that burn with the love of God and their fellowmen.
    Are not all religions the same? –No for truth and error are not the same; faith and unbelief are not the same. 

  1. God is not divided. He revealed only one religion. We either believe that religion, or do not believe it. There is no middle way. “He who is not with me is against me” (Matt. 12:30)Anything that is not the whole truth is not truth. Christ said: “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6).No one will assert that glass is as good as diamonds, nor that brass is as good as gold. No one claims that an imitation is just as good as the authentic thing. More unreasonable then would it be to claim that a religion established by a man is as good as that founded by the Incarnate God. 
  2. From the very beginning of mankind there has been one true religion. From Adam to the coming of Christ this religion was preserved by the patriarchs, prophets, and others chosen by God to keep the knowledge of the promised Redeemer intact.Before the coming of Christ, this true religion was not universal, but limited to one people, the Jews, the,“chosen people.” All other nations had degenerated and worshipped idols, false gods. In spite of the imperfections of the old religion preserved among the Jews; it was always the true religion, the one true religion. It forshadowed the coming of the perfect religion, that established by the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Who then abrogated the Jewish Faith, the Old Law, in favor of the New Faith, the New Law. 
  3. It is absurd to suppose that God does not care whether men denounce His Son as an impostor and blasphemer, or worship Him as God.Why should Christ, and after Him the Apostles, and after them a long line of believers, have suffered so much and resisted persecution so firmly, if it were of no importance what a man believed? The Apostle said, “There is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)
    How can we prove that the only true Church of Christ is the Catholic Church? –We can prove that the only true Church of Christ is the Catholic Church, because: 

  1. Only the Catholic Church possesses the marks of the Church established by Christ; that is, Unity, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity. As a matter of fact, only the Catholic Church claims to have all these four marks of the True Church, the marks so evidently set by Christ. 
  2. The history of the Catholic Church gives evidence of miraculous strength, permanence, and unchangeableness, so showing the world that it is under the special protection of God. The Catholic Church has proved itself indestructible for almost two thousand years, against every variety and number of formidable enemies. The Church suffered from persecution and outside attacks, and from schism and heresy within its own ranks, yet still lives.In spite of corruption and persecution, in spite of the combined forces of error and evil, the Catholic Church has continued to live and to carry out its purpose, as its Founder promised. The indestructibility of the Church, as has been proved by history, is alone enough to mark it as divine. God alone could have preserved it so long. The Church is the only institution which has proved itself an exception to the law of decay and death. It has watched the birth and decay of every government on earth for almost 2000 years. After every attack against it, it rises, the Bride of Christ, ever fresh and fair.

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​Foundation of the Church

Ninth Article of the Apostles’ Creed

 

 

From among His disciples Our Lord chose twelve Apostles, and gave them special training. He sent them forth to teach His doctrines, saying, “As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” The Apostles were the foundation of the True Church. Christ gave them all power and authority, saying, “He who hears you hears me: he who rejects you rejects me.”
    Did Jesus Christ found a Church? –Yes; all history, religious and non-religious, including the Bible, clearly proves that Jesus Christ founded a Church. 

  1. After teaching publicly what He required all to believe and practice, thereby announcing the main doctrines of His Church, Christ gathered a number of disciples. From them He chose twelve, to whom He gave special instruction and training. The term “a kingdom”, by which Our Lord used to refer to His Church, implies organized authority. And He said to the special men He had chosen, “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you” (John 15:16). He did not teach the disciples for themselves alone, but to be the foundation of His Church. God did not come to save only a few disciples, but all men. 
  2. Christ said to the men He had chosen: “As the Father has sent me, I also send you” (John 20:21), bidding them go and preach the doctrines He had taught. He sent them to all nations, promising salvation to those that should believe, and threatening condemnation to those refusing to believe.“He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned” (Mark 16:16). God is just; He would not have threatened condemnation to unbelievers unless He had furnished the means whereby they could believe. His Church is this means; all men must join it. 
  3. Not only did the men chosen by Christ have authority; He gave them extraordinary powers, particularly the twelve special men, the Apostles. “Then having summoned his twelve disciples, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every kind of disease and infirmity” (Matt. 10:1).
       

    1. They had power to sanctify, when Christ bade them: “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). 
    2. They had power to forgive sin, when Christ said to them: “Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them” (John 20:23). 
    3. They had power to rule when Christ said: “He who hears you hears me; and he who rejects you rejects me; and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me” (Luke 10:16). And: “Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound also in heaven” (Matt. 18:18). 
    4. They had power to offer sacrifice, when at the Last Supper Christ, after instituting the Eucharist, bade them:“Do this in remembrance of me” (1 Cor. 11:24-25).

     

  4. After training the disciples and Apostles to form the organization of His Church, Christ chose Simon Peter, and made him the Chief. Simon, whose name Christ changed to Peter, was the Head of the Church. On Simon Christ promised to build His Church, saying: “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church” (Matt. 16:18). After the Resurrection He confirmed Peter’s authority over the Church, saying to him: “Feed my lambs; feed my sheep” (John 21:15-17). 
  5. Finally, He promised to remain for all time with the Church He established. If the death of Our Lord were to do good only to a few persons then living in Judea, its merits would have been very limited. But it could do good to future generations only if there were an organization with authority to carry on His teachings and preserve them from all change. This is His Church.
    Why did Jesus Christ found the Church? –Jesus Christ founded the Church to bring all men to eternal salvation.Our Lord Jesus Christ established the Church in order to lead men to heaven by:

       

    1. Continuing His teaching and example; and 
    2. Applying the fruits of His Sacrifice on the cross to all men until the end of the world. Our Lord gave to the Church a three-fold office: the office of teacher, the office of priest or sanctifier, and the office of pastor or ruler. By these offices Christ intended His Church to accomplish the purpose for which He founded it.

     

  1. After Pentecost Sunday the Apostles began to carry out their mission of making disciples of all nations. Through them and their successors this mission continues and will continue to the end of the world. On the first Pentecost about three thousand were received into the Church after St. Peter’s sermon. They were the first members converted and baptized since the Ascension of Our Lord.
    Was the Church founded by Christ a visible organization? –The Church founded by Christ was a visible organization, with certain distinguishing marks. 

  1. No one can deny that Jesus Christ gathered disciples, and out of them chose twelve Apostles, to whom He gave special instruction and orders. He formed them as the foundation of His organization; was this not visible? Speaking of a stubborn man, He said: “If he refuse to hear even the Church, let him be to thee as the heathen” (Matt. 18:17). And He promised his disciples: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound also in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed also in heaven” (Matt. 18:18). Surely something must be visible to bind and loose, to be heard and obeyed. And Christ referred to this visible organization as a city set on a mountain, that cannot be hidden (Matt. 5:14). 
  2. From the very beginning the Apostles exercised their authority and powers; these were signs of a very visible organization. They did not advise; they directed, as superiors, and decided, as judges. Thus St. Paul excommunicated the sinful Corinthian; and he commanded the Hebrews: “Obey your superiors, and be subject to them” (Heb. 13: 17). 
  3. The Apostles and Fathers condemned schism. This fact implies a visible organization; for how can there be schism against an invisible body? St. Paul urged the Corinthians: “By the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ … that there be no dissensions among you” (1 Cor. 1:10). And St. Cyprian in the third century wrote: “Whoever is separated from the Church is separated from the promises of Christ … One cannot have God as a Father who has not the Church as his mother.”


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Holy Scripture/The Bible

​The Bible is the best Book in the world. It is the Word of God. It is better than any other book that has ever been written or ever will be written. Catholics are not only permitted, but urged, to read the Bible. They must read a version approved by the Catholic Church. Catholic Bibles have the necessary explanations for the guidance of the faithful. To find a text in the Bible, as Matt. 16:26, turn to the Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 16, verse 26. All texts are found in the same manner.

What is Holy Scripture, or the Bible? — It is the Word of God written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and contained in the books of the Old and the New Testaments.

 
The seventy-two sacred books, together forming the Bible, were composed by forty writers in three different languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. The period of composition covers at least 1,300 years, from Moses, to St. John the Evangelist.
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all in these days has spoken to us by his Son” (Heb. 1:1).
 
The writers were inspired by God. By a supernatural influence God enlightened their mind and moved their will to write all that He wished, and only that. They acted as free instruments of God, Who directed them and preserved them from error.
The writers of Holy Scripture were, however, not passive instruments. Each writer brought his personality with him into what he wrote. The writers were like skilled painters who paint from the same model. The products are similar and all correct, but with differences according to talents.
 

Is God the Author of the Bible?
— Yes, God is the Author of the Bible.
 
An author is not the stenographer that writes down what he is told, but the one who tells what is to be written. Since God is the Author, the Bible cannot contain any error

“All Scripture is inspired by God”
(2 Tim. 3:16) . Copyists and printers, however, can and do make mistakes in copying the Bible.
 
Since the Bible is the Word of God, it must be treated with the greatest reverence
This is why we take solemn oaths on the Bible, stand up when the Gospel is read, and have incense and lights used when the Gospel is sung at solemn High Mass.
 

Can the books of the Bible be proved to be reliable historical records?
— Yes.
 
Science throughout the years has been proving itself the handmaid, instead of the enemy, of the Bible. Recent excavations and researches have proved that such distant events as the Fall of Jericho, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha, and the Deluge, really and actually happened, and are no mere figures of speech.
Sir Charles Marston, the eminent British archaeologist who has worked extensively in Palestine, firmly declares that far from being mere mythology, the Old Testament is, substantially, contemporary eyewitness accounts of events set down as they took place. Remains he has found include information on events that took place in the times of Abraham, Moses, Solomon, and Jeremias the Prophet; even the name of Abraham has been found. Tablets found in Babylonia and Assyria refer to the Deluge.
 
The Old Testament was recognized by Jesus Christ, approved by Him, and often quoted by Him. Evidences from the New Testament prove that this was written by Christ’s Apostles and disciples.
The style of the Gospels shows clearly that they were written by Jews. That the writers lived in the first century is shown by the vividness of their knowledge about Jerusalem, which was destroyed before the end of that century. The earliest Christian writers testify to the reliability of the Gospels; the consent of the churches of the time proves such reliability.
 
The Gospels have not been changed by the passage of centuries. This can be proved from the oldest copies, from ancient translations and quotations. The Gospels could not have been altered, because the fervor of the early Christians carefully guarded them.
When in the fourth century St. Jerome was ordered by Pope Damasus to gather all existing texts of the Bible and translate them into Latin, there were some 35,000 ancient copies. After thirty-four years of labor, he finished the translation, our Catholic Bible, called the Latin Vulgate, from which the Catholic English version has been made.
 

How is the Bible divided?
— The Bible is divided into two parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament.
 

The Old Testament
, written before Christ, consists of forty-five books:
 

Twenty-one historical books
relating to the earliest ages of the world, or to the history of the Jews, among which books are the five books of Moses and the four books of Kings;

Seven doctrinal books,
made up of maxims and prayers, among which are the Psalms and the Proverbs; and

Seventeen prophetical books,
of four greater and twelve lesser prophets, among which books are Isaias, Jeremias, and Daniel.
 

The New Testament
, written after the Ascension of Christ, consists of twenty-seven books, as follows:
 

The four Gospels
according to Sts. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, containing the story of the life of Christ;

The Acts of the Apostles
, by St. Luke, containing the history of the Apostles after the Ascension of Our Lord into heaven;

Twenty-one epistles
by Sts. Paul, James, Peter, John, and Jude; and

The Apocalypse
by St. John.
 
The four Gospels and the Acts are mainly historical. The Epistles are doctrinal. The Apocalypse is prophetical.
 

Who are the four Evangelists?
— The four Evangelists are Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
 

St. Matthew
was one of the twelve Apostles. Before he followed Our Lord, he was a tax-gatherer or publican called Levi.
Matthew was the first Evangelist to write the Gospel, about six years after Our Lord’s Ascension. His work, written in Hebrew for the Jews of Palestine, was translated into Greek in the time of the Apostles. His work shows Jesus as proving Himself to be the promised Messias.
 

St. Mark
was the disciple of St. Peter, and wrote according to what he heard from St. Peter himself.
He wrote for the Christians of Rome about ten years after Our Lord’s Ascension. St. Peter approved what he wrote, which shows Christ as the Son of God.
 

St. Luke
was converted by St. Paul and became his disciple.
He wrote about twenty-four years after Our Lord’s Ascension, for a distinguished citizen of Rome. His work contains many details about the Blessed Virgin.
 

St. John
was Christ’s Beloved Disciple. He wrote about sixty-three years after Our Lord’s Ascension.
The last of the Apostles to die, he wrote in his old age to testify, against heretics who had arisen, that Jesus Christ is true God.

The Protestant reformers have violated Holy Scripture:
The Protestant reformers have said the Catholic Church was the true Church in Her early days. It is important to note that it is the Catholic Church who, through Her early Councils, originally confirmed which books of the Bible were considered inspired, and which books were to be included in the Canon of the Bible itself. This was essential to assure copies of Scripture had in those days agreed with the originals, and also to weed out books which contained heretical doctrine in them. The Catholic Church confirmed the books (the Canon) of the Bible in the Councils of Hippo (393) and 3rd Council of Carthage (397) when, according to the Protestant reformers, She was still the true Church.
The Catholic Church also confirmed the same Canon at the Council of Florence (1441) and Council of Trent centuries later and have used the same Canon ever since the Council of Hippo in 393. How then did the Protestant reformers remove so many books (i.e. Baruch, Tobias, Judith, Machabees, Wisdom etc) from the Old and New Testaments if it was the true Church that ruled they were Canonical? If the Protestant reformers truly thought the Catholic Church was the true Church at one time then later fell into error, why do the reformers not follow the decisions the Church made when She was still supposedly true? Who told the Protestant reformers that the books they removed from the Bible were not legitimate and by what authority did they remove them?

Some Protestant reformers claim some books were rejected because they were not in Hebrew or Chaldaic, though some other books that were kept by the Protestant reformers were not in these languages either, so this excuse cannot be used. And where is it found in Scripture that they should be written in a certain language? To say that some books were not accepted because they were not accepted by the Jews does not apply to the point at hand either. The Catholic Church holds the books of Machabees and others mentioned above as Canonical, and if she was the true Church when She determined this, then this is what must be believed. Because the Jews did not accept the deutero-canonical books does not effect the fact that the early Christian Church accepted them. Where in Scripture does it say the Christian Church has not as much power to give authority to the Sacred Books as the Mosaic may have had? 

Why do the Protestant reformers call parts of Scripture false when the whole of antiquity has held them as articles of faith? We see many writers from the first three centuries including St. Clement of Rome, St. Irenaeus, St. Hippolytus, Tertullian, Cyprian and many others all allude to the deutero-canonical books we mention above. Who gave the reformers the direction to declare these books false? For example, the book of Judith was made authoritative by the Council of Nice, when the Church was never greater or more solemn. Why blatantly defy the decisions of this council? Of those reformers who claim their decisions to strike books from the Canon are from the Holy Ghost, we ask that you please show proof. Why would the Holy Ghost suddenly give inspirations as to what everyone must believe to unknown men like Luther and Calvin, after they abandoned the Councils and the entire Church? Shall we simply believe the reformers at their word? How then do we believe or not believe the next person who also claims the same inspiration?

If the Protestant reformers were inspired, then God would clearly show the world a sign like with others inspired in Scripture, but a sign the reformers have not shown so they are not to be believed. If God had revealed something a thousand times over to a private person we should not be obliged to believe it unless God gave us such an undeniable sign that we could no longer call it into question. How else are we to separate the false prophet from the true prophet? If we were obliged to believe everyone claiming internal revelations, we would soon be swamped with deceivers and would be completely lost.Where did the Protestant reformers come up with the exact list of books in the Canon they choose to follow? Who told them which books should be included or removed? It was not the Jews that told them as the Gospels would not be there. It was not from the Council of Laodicea for the Apocalypse would be in it. It was not from the Council of Carthage or Florence for Ecclesiasticus and Machabees would be included. So where did the reformers decide on their specific list of books to include? No such Canon was used before the Protestant reformation as the many Protestant denominations use now. 

What is the likelihood that the Holy Spirit hid for the first 1400+ years of the Church, then revealed a new Canon to two unknown men, namely Luther and Calvin? The Protestant reformers have taken away many books from the original Scriptures such as Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, Tobias, Judith, Wisdom and both books of Machabees.
In the ancient Church there was originally some doubt about some books being inspired and no doubt about many others, yet the Protestant reformers have accepted some of the doubtful and cast out some that were never doubtful. So why were the specific set of books cut from the Scriptures by the Protestant reformers other than that the doctrine of some were hard for them to accept? The reformers do not give a logical answer for their striking some books from the Canon and it is clear that they were simply contradicting the Church. It just so happens that the contents of the books of Machabees contains doctrine on the intercession of Saints and prayers for the departed and Ecclesiasticus contains doctrine on the honor of relics, which is doctrine that just so happens to be accepted by the Catholic Church and denied by the reformers. Remember, it was the Catholic Church in Her early days (when She was the True Church according to the Protestant reformers) that received the books Machabees as canonical along with the other books of Scripture. So why defy the Church on just Machabees?

The translations and interpretations of the Scriptures have been violated by the Protestant reformers:
It is one thing for the Protestant reformers to dare cut off entire books, chapters, sentences and words from Scripture, but even more, the books that they chose not to cut off they have corrupted and violated by their translations. Compare the Vulgate Latin translation from the middle of the second century, (universally received by the Church at that time and declared as authentic by the Council of Trent) to translations of Scripture Protestant churches use today. There is a night and day difference in wording. And even worse, compare translations of Scripture between different Protestant denominations and they also differ! How can private men (the reformers) so boldly take their hand to the word of God and change it? If one man does such a thing, then what is to stop the next man from doing it to his taste, and the next to his taste? An example:

In (Acts 2:27) we see, “thou wilt not leave my soul in hell” while in a version of a Protestant bible we see the verse, “thou shalt not leave my corpse in the tomb”. Clearly this is not an accurate translation and the meaning is not at all the same. It is common knowledge that only one word can change the meaning of an entire sentence. We note here that Hieronymus Emser, a literary opponent of Luther, points out 1400 inaccuracies in Luther’s translation of Scripture, while Bunsen, a Protestant scholar, points out 3000. If Luther, Calvin and other reformers’ translations of a verse in Scripture differ from the original AND from each other, which one is the word of God? Or are all three versions of the verse still the word of God, though their translation may make their meaning completely different from the next? How can so many brains which are so different make so many translations without overthrowing the sincerity of Scripture?

It has always been a practice of the early Church to limit the Scriptures to universal languages such as Greek and Latin since they are not only universal but also not subject to changes like other languages. Most other languages change town to town in accents, phrases, and words (i.e. slang), and vary season to season and age to age and therefore it has never been recommended by the early Christian Church to translate the Bible to other languages that are not fixed languages. Doing so has much more danger than profit as we can see from our example above. Though we note here also that the early Christian Church has never disallowed translation of the Scriptures to non-fixed languages, though She has always insisted that public services of the Church use a fixed language translation to avoid possibly misleading the faithful with verses of possibly incorrect translation and meaning.

In summary, the Protestant reformers not only made major changes to Scripture by poor translations, but also translated Scripture to all the local non-fixed languages of the people where they started their churches, and they use those faulty translations in their church services. Is it not evident why there are so many Protestant interpretations of Scripture all in conflict with one another?

 
To those who claim they can interpret and understand the Scriptures themselves:
The Protestant reformers claim that we simply need to refer to Scripture for our salvation. We agree, but when two people disagree on the interpretation of Scripture, who shall be the judge as to the correct interpretation? 

Disagreements arise in nearly every verse of Scripture of which could easily lead one of the parties to damnation. It is illogical to think that Our Lord would expect us all to interpret Scripture on our own with no judge to turn to since this will always lead to endless disagreements. There can be countless wrong answers to a question, but only one right answer. All of those interpreting Scripture incorrectly will be lead down the wrong road. It is illogical for us to think God left us in anarchy with respect to interpretation of Scripture, at the mercy of the winds and the tide, with no pilot to help steer the way, as this would mean he wishes our destruction. As with a ship at sea, if everyone attempts to steer in the direction they think is right, we will inevitably wind up lost.

Consider the Constitution of the United States if there were no U.S. Government to rule over it and make decisions over conflicts and offenses that arise with it. The result would be anarchy. Where have you ever seen any great province or organization which has governed itself? Consider any governed country, state, or any organized group throughout the history of the world. All were governed by an earthly leader of some sort or else they would wind up in chaos and confusion. If there were not a king in a kingdom, a foreman in a shop, or a captain of a ship, there would be no order. Why then do the Protestant reformers claim that all of their members do not need an earthly ruler to help guide them? What has this gotten them but thousands of opposing denominations (and growing) which is nothing better than anarchy? Never can a province be well governed by itself, especially when it is large.

If it is true that the Scriptures are so easy to understand, what is the use of the commentaries made by countless Protestant ministers, and what good are so many schools of Theology?Also consider the verse, “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16). How else can we interpret this than to say Scripture is difficult to understand, and to interpret it incorrectly can lead to our destruction?
And to those who say they must read and understand Scripture themselves, consider the large number of poor ignorant people who cannot read the Scriptures. What is to happen of them? Obviously they can find and seek their salvation through the mouth of a pastor. “How shall they believe him, of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear, without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14) Consider the verse, “And Philip running thither, heard him reading the prophet Isaias. And he said: Thinkest thou that thou understandest what thou readest? Who said: And how can I, unless some man shew me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.” (Acts 8:30-31). Obviously interpretation of Scripture is needed!

Taken from “My Catholic Faith”  and the work of the great St Francis de Sales. I am not the author merely the distrubutor.

God Bless BJS!!

Papal Authority

 “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.”

So called Catholics today are under the notion that the pope, when elected, assumes all freedom from human error. They wrongly assume that he is no longer human and everything he says and does is law and belief of the Catholic Church and this is not so. In a previous post I discussed some errors with modern clergy that contradicts official Catholic teaching; in this post I would like to go into more detail on what should be expected of the Pope, how modern clergy are not Catholic, and some examples.
To start the Pope is considered the Vicar of Christ on Earth when he lives up to the position and is in full communion with the Catholic Church. That is to say a pope remains the pope if he is not considered a heretic or a schismatic, publicly or otherwise.One cannot be the head of any corporation and be a strong proponent in the opposition. They would get booted out of office. Whether or not he is denounced publicly or privately he is either Catholic, or not. If he is not Catholic he ceases to be head of the Catholic Church.

Once again Canon Law (188) Section (4) states: ”By tacit resignation through operation of law, all offices become vacant automatically [ipso facto] and without ANY declaration if a cleric… (4) publicly defects from the Catholic faith.”

When there exists a Catholic Pope in office it is a Catholic’s duty to listen and adhere to the truths of the Faith. When there is not a Catholic Pope in office it is a Catholic’s duty to combat erroneous teachings, as well not recognize imposter clergy as being Catholic, and resist the changes to God’s Holy Mass. The pope is infallible in teaching moral truths of the Faith, repudiating enemies of the Church, and its ordinary teachings of the Faith. This occurs when the pope is actually Catholic.

Since 1958 with Pope Pius XII being the last pope that was not a public heretic, we sedevacantists believe that the chair of Peter has been empty. This is not the first time in history this has happened (popes have died without successors) but this has been the longest in Church history and has been foretold in Scripture. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15

The Roman Pontiff (when truly Catholic) is the Supreme Head of Christ’s Church on Earth.  If you disobey a true pope you are committing as much of a crime against God as obeying in false obedience to things you know deep down are wrong and immoral. Both against God and His Supreme natural order over all created things. The Catholic Church is now facing every single heresy it conquered in the past all aimed at it at once.

Let us take a look at the so-called legacy of the “pope” John Paul II:

-He was praised for abandoning the Faith, praised for ecumenism, for having human rights in mind, but never for upholding the Catholic Faith.

-He kissed the Qur’an publicly, a book that denies the divinity of Christ and that He died for us on the cross.

-He removed a crucifix from an altar in Assisi and replaced it with a statue of a golden buddha, it was then incensed by buddhist monks in 1986

-He performed, as well as praise voodoo religion, worshipping of demons and false gods.

– He praised Martin Luther who stated Jesus Christ committed adultery three times. Mr. Luther was called a deeply spiritual man by JP2.

-Praised a joint declaration on justification with Lutherans that denies the teachings on justification from the Council of Trent.

-Declaring non-Catholic religions are means of salvation, contrary to the Catholic dogma that outside the Church there is no salvation. And that these other religions be taught to children.

-The promulgation of the ecumenical directory, which permits abominable acts of communication in sacred things with heretics and schismatics.

-Permission of Catholics to be married in front of Protestant religions and giving Holy Communion to non-Catholics.

-Permitting Zoroastrian priests to worship fire, which is the oldest form of idolatry,  in Assisi. The reason why God called Abraham out of Aur to found the Faith upon him.

-Beatification of Mother Theresa who did not strive to convert the Hindus, instead told them to be good Hindus in Time Magazine. 

-Promulgation of document concerning communion with “particular churches” that are in “partial communion” with the Church of Christ. Finding reasons to say that these sources are legitimate ways of salvation. Stating these sects have “essential elements of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church” which is directly contrary to the Apostle’s Creed itself which is insistent on one Church of Christ.

-Approval of a mass for Nestorian heretics in Iraq that has no words of consecration,  and permission to Chaldean Catholics to attend this empty mass in order to fulfill their Sunday obligation. 

-Believed and taught there is no fire in Hell.

-Taught that Jews were our “big brothers” in the Faith. Approval of a document that states their expectations of a messiah are not in vain.

-Permitting American  Bishops to teach that we should not attempt to convert the Jews to Christ because they have their own covenant with God, which is a blasphemy.

-Stating that Muslims, Christians, and Jews all worship the same God. Even though Jews and Muslims deny Jesus Christ is God.

-Drinking a ritual potion of a pagan ceremony in the Fiji Islands.

– Permitting himself to be marked, using cow dung, by the sign of Shiva the Hindu God of destruction. 

-Numbers of times he has had heretical and schismatic groups perform their rights and blessings in Catholic Churches. People that are no more priest than your mailman.

-Declaring non-Catholic religions have Apostolic missions from God.

-New Code of Cannon Law which gives rise to particular churches, communion of non-Catholics, and mortal sins of Catholics participating in the worship of non-Catholics.

-He stated in a Lutheran Church that the miracles of Christ do not prove his messianic dignity, which is in direct contrary to the teaching of the first Vatican Council in 1870.

-Use of a bare breasted 18 year old American college student to read the Epistle at mass in New Guinea.

-Giving pectoral crosses to Anglican Bishops permitting that the document Apostoligae Cure (by Pope Leo XIII in 1899 condeming Anglican orders, final statement on topic), be reevaluated. These crosses are given only to Catholic Bishops, these Anglicans are just lay people.

-Anglican Bishop installed as an official to the Roman See. The same people who can’t figure out from the Bible that sodomy is a sin and have women priests.

-Just consider the general abandonment of orthodoxy: most Catholics use artifical birth control, priests committed and are committing unspeakable immoral crimes, nuns are now feminist and pro-choice.

-No Faith, or piety.

-Consider the shape of Catholic education on all levels, and how much immortality now reigns.

Saint Pope Pius the X saw the effects of modernism coming and in 1910 wrote a papal encyclical stating that all clergy would have to swear an oath against it. In 1884 Pope Leo XIII had a vision after mass with God and Satan 

Satan said, “I could destroy Your Church if I had the time, and more power over those who give themselves over to my service.” And then Pope Leo heard Christ to answer, “You have the power, you have the time: 100 years.”
Pope Leo felt compelled to ask for St. Michael the Archangel’s help against the agents of Satan on earth whom he recognized already then as having “raised the throne of their abominable impiety” in “the Holy Place itself” with the “iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered.”
The prayer to St. Michael the archangel was added after Mass. But we can see that the tree of Catholicity has really been shaken, and dead fruits are abundant on the ground all around it.

God Bless BJS!!

Religious Liberty

“And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his own heart, this man’ s religion is vain.” James 1:26

The illusion that we can get to everlasting joy in Heaven by doing anything we want but what God the Son has commanded of us. Just because you have the right to do something doesnt make it right to do. Liberalism in all its forms is heretical to the teachings of Christ. What is being achieved by liberalism, is fulfillment of the needs and wants of man disguised as lawful, politically correct, etc.

People just do not care anymore. “Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.” James 14:16 People these days appeal to things that give them options. They are unaware of the design of their punishments according to their accounts. Protestants have taken all the hard, meriting, works, and religous thinking from the Church of Christ. There is no confession, there is no repercussion for actions. People look for justice when it comes to.murder,  rape, and child disciplines. They don’t however consider adultry, birth control, divorce, abortion, gay marriage, all the unnatural things that have now become human rights. Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not commit adultry. These are the commandmants of God. Our Creator, is pushed away, mankind is so enveloped in what they think they have a right to.

Mankind (prominent in America) believes it is owed something, for being made from absolutely nothing; it is held in existence by its Creator of which everyone has elected to ignore, modify, or destroy to their liking. Morality has been perverted, obedience done away with, and religion shunned in exchange for made up “spirituality”. Truth is nonexistent,  and people worry more about the environment and making it to the gym than the salvation of their own souls for eternity.

Everyone in this day and age is a victim, yet no one is wrong. Accountability for one’s self is rare, and blame is about as abundant as the court cases our media spews at us. The general notion of God has become someone who is a friend and buddy more so then a Lord and Creator of all things.  There is no reverence,  people do not bow their heads when the Holy Name of Jesus is said, they don’t kneel instead they hold hands in prayer and focus on each other. The sign of the cross is never made even though the cross is the sign of salvation for all mankind.

People wish to divorce Christ from His Cross. They do not want to be reminded of His pain and suffering for our salvation. They only want the good elements of religion, without the suffering,  the prayer, and most importantly the sacrifices. People only want the benefits of responsibility without the responsibility itself, when someone gets in the way of that its infringing on human rights. They want sex for pleasure,  families are planned these days with picking the number and gender of kids they have, to their liking.

Natural order has been completely obscured, pride runs rampant leading to other deadly ways of living. As with Free Masons and other such groups,  human rights take the place of what is actually right,  and good.  An animal has more rights and focus then a fetus. Mankind has options for everything. Surgery to change anything you want, endless music and static, movies, and TV shows. Everything you need to forget your problems, and your true commitments. 

The teaching of the Protestant reformers contradict reason:

There are many beliefs put forward in the writings of the Protestant reformers which are anti-Christian, illogical and contradict reason. One example we give here is the theology put forth by Calvin, Zwingle and Beza which in summary says that it is God’s will that we sin, and because we cannot avoid the will of God, we can not act otherwise, therefore we are not at fault for any sin. Where in Scripture is this taught we ask? This blatantly contradicts reason and Scripture.Another belief put forth in the writings of Calvin mentions the Law of God is impossible. What else does this imply other than Our Lord is a tyrant who commands impossible things? If it is impossible, why is it commanded?

Even more absurd is the belief of Luther, Zwingle, and Calvin that the whole Church may have erred for a thousand or so years in understanding the Word of God, yet these reformers can each guarantee they understand it right! “If the salt lose its savor, wherewith shall it be salted?” Matthew 5:13. In other words if the Church, the guardian of truth, were to lose the truth, by whom shall the truth be found? By Luther? By Calvin? We find it infinitely more likely that the Protestant reformers erred rather than the entire Church. 

Another absurdity we see with the Protestant reformers is their claim that the Catholic Church has erred, and that all men can err, and then follow this by preaching their own interpretation of certain verses of the Scriptures, claiming it as the Word of God. If everyone else has erred or is capable of erring, how can the Protestant reformers be so audacious to claim they have not erred?

Another absurd belief of the Protestant reformers is that we must interpret the Scriptures by the analogy of faith. This can only lead to countless denominations with opposing views, and when any of these opposing denominations presents their view of a verse in Scripture, Protestants admire every interpretation given as though all are acceptable to God! This is illogical, for as we mention above, if one denomination believes in the real presence in the Holy Eucharist while another believes the Eucharist is just a symbol, only one can be correct. The real presence is either TRUE, or IDOLATRY, so believing one or the other will decide whether or not we are saved. Where in Scripture did Jesus say believing in two totally opposite views is acceptable? In addition, where else in the world is such a belief accepted that many views are acceptable? Surely mathematicians and scientists do not allow multiple beliefs for the same situation and neither do we see such an illogical belief anywhere else. Yet how illogical is it for the Protestant reformers to suddenly propose an “all beliefs are acceptable” belief starting in the 16th century?

Considering we all believe in Jesus and what He taught us, is it not more logical for Jesus to have left seven Sacraments for the justification and sanctification of the sinner rather than leave just two, one of which serves for nothing and the other for little? Would it not be more logical for Jesus to have left the power of absolving in the Church then to have not left it at all? Would it not be more logical for Our Lord to have left a visible Church, which is universal, of striking aspect, and perpetual than to have left it little, secret, scattered and liable to corruption? Our Lord and His Apostles taught truth, never contradiction.These illogical beliefs and contradictory teachings which we mention above are clearly either contrary to the teachings of Christ, contradict reason or contradict themselves, and the Protestant reformers propose many of these beliefs in their reformation as medicine for the Church?

God Bless BJS!!

We are but Instruments for the Use of God’s Will

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners: and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:8

As has been pointed out in previous posts, we know that all good comes from God. Anything that does not come from God is not good, because mankind has the free will to accept the good things from God or not. This includes so-called Christian religions not revealed to us by Christ, private interpretations of Scripture, religous movements, addictions, distractions, things that are man-made that are not a testament to God’s goodness and glory. A lot of these things may appear good, or may have the appearance of being Christian,  but once again being Christian means accepting everything Christ has taught us through His Church (the Catholic Church). These things are in fact used by the Devil to pull people away from the one true Faith, under the false notion of being good, by the millions.

Noe’s Ark not only existed and is recorded in the Old Testament, but remains of the Ark have been found. This story is also represented in the New Testament with the establishment of Christ’s Church as the Ark, and the ratio of those who will make it to everlasting life and those who perish. There are an abundant amount of relations between the Old Testament and the New, that when not taken out of context apply to the Catholic Church. The “Catholo” (Greek for everywhere the same, universal), is the religion revealed by God. We are called to give testimony to that religion and that one alone, because God gave it to us at the last supper (the first mass). If you look at Jewish tradition before Christ, the Mass is in direct correlation with the old practices of the Pascal meal, as well the sacrifices that use to be made (more on this and what has happened to the Catholic Church to come).

The point is that if we really truly believe what has been mentioned above then one must live his life in accordance with it; in hopes that our example can be one for others to follow to God. Man was created for a supernatural end, not just a natural one of dying. We were called to a supernatural end of seeing Our Creator (the Beatific Vision), face to face for eternity. This may not sound like much, but seeing God will fulfill every possible want and need we could ever have, forever. We can only obtain this by using a supernatural means, His Church. Using anything else will only obtain us a natural end which is death, forever.

His Church, when we let go of our wills, teaches us how to be holy, how to be truly happy, and how to be Christian. It has to, for if it did not it would not be a means. Let us look at some evidence:

The true Church of Christ ought to always practice the perfection of Christian life:

Looking at the New Testament, it is filled with teachings from Jesus on how to live the perfect Christian life. There are many examples of recommended virtues direct from Scripture. In addition to these virtues, Jesus was entirely poor and lived on alms as an example to us, and taught His Apostles to carry nothing when they went to preach. He also taught us to be humble, meek and obedient even to those of which we have no obligation. He left us examples of poverty, chastity, and self-denial. Of what purpose were all these examples if they were not to be put into practice?

Considering the examples Jesus has set for us, consider the lives of the Saints who have imitated these virtues throughout their entire lives and were able to perform miracles as Our Lord did. Moreover, the Catholic Church as a whole has always put into practice these virtues in every season for the love of God.

Consider the glory of so many Saints and other devout religious who gave up all and risked their lives to travel to foreign countries and spread the faith, without other expectation than of labors, miseries, and martyrdom, and without  any other aim than the honor of God and the salvation of souls.

Many of these Saints have died for Christ as did St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Polycarp, St. Agnes and St. Cecilia.

They have won whole nations to Christ like St. Patrick, St. Boniface, St. Ansgar, St. Methodius, and St. Francis Xavier.

They have founded religious orders of men and women that won countless souls to the perfect following of heroic virtues such as St. Benedict, St. Bernard, St. Francis, St. Dominic, St. Madeline Barat.

They have given up all in life to care for the sick, the poor and the imprisoned such as St. Camillus, St. Vincent de Paul, and St. John of Matha.

They have defended the faith in every part of the world as did St. Athanasius, St. Augustine, St. Jerome, St. Ambrose, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Canisius. 

These are just a few examples. Now compare these to the lives of the Protestant reformers and their subsequent churches who condemned the monastic discipline and gave it up altogether. And rather than imitate the virtue of poverty, many aim to make the temporal goods of their church theirs. 

The virtue of chastity was condemned and has been scarcely practiced since. In addition, without a Pope to be obedient to and no need to consult others on interpretation of Scripture, the virtue of obedience was blurred. And with no need to confess sins, the borders of morality have been blurred as well. Martyrdom is also scarcely heard of in Protestant churches since the Reformation. Many ministers marry when they did not in the early Church. (“He that is without a wife, is solicitous for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please God.” 1 Cor 7:32). 

Why did the Protestant reformers oppose and stop practicing these virtues in direct opposition to the examples of Our Lord and early Church?

In summary, the Protestant reformers and most Protestant churches that came afterward have abandoned these virtues of the perfect Christian life at the word of the reformers; ordinary men. Yes, all of these virtues are not mandatory, but we can see they are highly recommended in Scripture. Christ gave us these repeated examples for a reason, and the Catholic Church and Her Saints and those in monasteries have continually practiced these virtues to the fullest. If we are to achieve Heaven we need to as well, the greater we practice these virtues of Faith so as to lead others, the greater reward we merit from God for eternity. 
God Bless BJS!!

7 Deadly Sins

“​Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no schisms among you; but that you be perfect in the same mind, and in the same judgment.1 Corinthians 1:10

We should not be satisfied merely to keep the commandments of God, but should always be ready to do good deeds, even when they are not commanded. The commandments of God state the minimum requirements for salvation. They should be kept not merely according to the letter, but also according to the spirit, which obliges us to strive for greater perfection.
Actual sin is any willful thought, desire, word, action or ommission forbidden by the law of God. 

All of these seven deadly sins, are the origins of every offense we commit before Our Creator. They become the obstacles and chief obsessions in our minds of what we want to focus on instead of what we should be focusing on.

Pride-Unrestrained appreciation of our own worth (opposite of Humility)

Greed-Immoderate desire for earthly goods (Opposite of Liberality or being poor in spirit)

Lust-Hankering for impure pleasures (opposite of Chastity)

Anger-Inordinate desire for revenge (opposite of Meekness)

Gluttony-Unrestrained use of food and drink (opposite of Temperance)

Envy-Sorrow over another’s good fortune (over Brotherly Love)

Sloth-Laxity in keeping the Faith and the practice of virtue (over Diligence)

Note:
The 7 Deadly Sins, also known as “The 7 Capital Sins,” are those sins that give rise to other sins. They were first enumerated by Pope St. Gregory the Great in “Moralia in Job.”

God Bless BJS!!